Diane\'s Blog

Susan B. Tripi

Your recent editorial piece makes some great points. Let’s assume that collective bargaining will be a thing of the past for teachers. The next logical question would be, what should teachers be thinking about to advocate for that will help them remain successful without the union umbrella. Other industries have survived without unions and are well paid and well treated. The difference with teachers is that so many things impact their students’ performance that are out of their control.

I think that teachers need a way to call out the parents that hurt their students’ progress. What might that look like? Maybe each teacher should be able to publish on a district web site the names of parents that either don’t support good learning habits, don’t read with or to their children (I’m of course assuming the parent is capable of this) or parents that don’t teach their children to respect adults — particularly their teachers.

I’m all for evaluating and paying for performance but only for the things that teachers can actually control. Ill-mannered children who watch TV or play videos all night instead of doing homework are not a teacher’s responsibility.

Susan B. Tripi